Skip to comments.Man electrocuted in California copper theft try
Posted on 04/17/2012 10:24:31 AM PDT by KingofZion
A suspected Southern California copper thief has been electrocuted after climbing a power pole and using bolt cutters on a live wire, which also caused a power outage. The San Bernardino County Sun ( http://bit.ly/IEc5yx) says the body of 26-year-old Robert Buchanan and bolt cutters were found early Monday at the base of a utility pole in an unincorporated area near Fontana. Nearly 3,100 Southern California Edison customers were without power for about 90 minutes. San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators say Buchanan apparently used the bolt cutters to cut live wires from the pole. A sheriff's spokeswoman says Edison wires are a frequent target of metal recyclers.
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Maybe every killer in the country should be issued a set of bolt cutters and driven to the nearest high voltage power line.
Dying while stupid is not the way to go.
If at first you don’t succeed...well that doesn’t apply when high voltage current is concerned;)
Gene pool just got a little deeper.
Awesome, I’m just sorry for the people who were without power for 90 minutes.
I love stories with happy endings.
Yo, to potential copper thieves out there,
Here is a 100% sure way to tell if the wire is live or not -
Be sure to touch the wire you’re about to cut with your bare hand or cutting tool.
So, California has the death penalty for stealing copper wire?
Stand your ground law
Completed the circuit.
Completed his Earthly journey.
Completed his Darwin Award entry.
Now THIS is a FR kind of thread!
Who says you can’t fix stupid? Is this referred to as a “Buzz kill?”
There MUST be a lawsuit here in the works. The Electric Grid wasn’t suppose to FRY someone (sarc)
Volts Kill!! Obamas fault!
What do you bet that he "borrowed" the climbing equipment from a tree service that hires illegals? I guess you'd call it a new form of "moonlighting."
Is this referred to as a Buzz kill?
Guess so. It sure rang his bells.
LMAO! You get the best comment on thread award.
The ultimate ZOT!
Hold my Loan Star and watch this.
He was well grounded.
Did someone order their copper thief “extra crispy”? If not they are going to be disappointed.
He doubtlessly went out with a BANG!
It seems some young lady broke up with a guy, it broke his heart. The guy decided to end it all by giving a 345KV line a BJ and knocked us out. Took a couple of days to find all of the pieces.
If at first you don’t succeed, fry, fry again.
Darn, and it wasn’t even Fry-day.
What a shocking story!
His childhood dream was realized, he became a conductor.
Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Gerolamo Umberto Volta says
"Don't do that"!
Arc flash that occurred when racking an industrial size circuit breaker. (The guy was not injured amazingly.)
Ok, say you’re a metal recycler and someone comes in with wires that are obviously power wires, what do you do?
Apparently, all they do is give the perp the money without asking questions. Put some cameras in these places and make the seller prove where he got the cable.
Much as I dislike adding any more power to LE, what else is there to do since they don’t fry themselves on a regular basis?
He needs to call obama.
You should see what happened to the guys trying to steal fiberoptic line!
Yes, but only for that and smoking (which offense he also committed immediately after sentence was carried out for the first one).
Damned racist white electrons! Probably conservative too!
I thought if you put your tongue on a wire it should taste sour so you know there is electricty flowing.
HE DID IT!
HE DID IT!
He discovered FREE ENERGY!
Perhaps he thought that if he was fast enough he would not close the circuit.
I used to work for a large power company in California. One night a real dummy tried to steal some copper from one of our power plants.
It literally blew him to pieces.
I worked Bell System. I think they are sometimes thinking they are getting a phone cable, if it’s sheathed. Bare wire i cannot comprehend.
One Hell of a way to be wrong.
When I was a kid, I tried to stick a car key into a power outlet. Mom screamed and ran to stop me. My Dad stopped her. He said, “Let the little rat learn about electricity.” His nickname for me was Sparky.
I did something similar when I was around 4. No key, I think it was a worn cord, or maybe I partly pulled out the plug and touched the still-energized prongs. Hurt like crazy. For about 5 seconds. I cried. I felt better. I work on live circuits all the time now and haven't managed to electrocute myself yet. (Maybe that early experience created an addiction!)
I read an interesting article in a trade rag a month or two ago where they actually had the stones to question current levels of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) requirements, and published a survey where a lot of electrical and controls engineers said they frequently ignored the "requirements" when working in live panels. These requirements have gotten so out of hand if they applied in your home, you couldn't plug in a lamp or change a light bulb without full fire retardant gear, insulating gloves and full face mask. Ludicrous.
Even in the commentary in the article and the follow-up article, they couldn't completely shed their nannyish mindset, referring to the stuff as "necessary" or "needed" gear (as opposed to maybe "mandated"), even in a sentence acknowledging how many knowledgeable people think it's moronic.
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